2023-2024 / FORE0043-1

Wood industries


18h Th, 24h FT

Number of credits

 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Tom De Mil, Benoît Jourez


Tom De Mil

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction to the visits of wood industries Introduction to wood technology Transformation technics in relation to forest resources and economical background Description of various technologies, for instance: - Slicing and Peeling - Plywood - Pulp and paper - Sawing - Wood frames - Flooring
Wood chemistry
Tropical wood import
Wood energy (Combustion, densification, gazification, charcoal, energetic transition)
Natural durability and use classes. Damage from fungi and insects. Wood protection and impregnation techniques. Reduction of risks associated with the use of biocides. Glues and gluing techniques for reconstituted wood by lamination. Particleboard panels. - Method of manufacture - Influence of species - Industrial equipment - Classification - Properties - General rules of implementation - Practical applications Structural panels. Fiber cement panels. Fiberboard panels. Standardization and quality control. Economic aspects.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To provide a well-argued knowledge of the various wood transformation technologies taking into account the global market changes After completing the course the student is expected to Analyse the potential of development of primary wood processing units taking into account available resources and economic environment Point out strength and weakness of a wood industry Compare various technologies available for log processing, solid wood drying and wood building Assess the relevance of various ways to produce energy from wood residues Identify the risks of wood deterioration and find the best solutions to preserve wood while reducing the risks associated with the use of biocidal products Describe the experimental approach necessary to identify the characteristics of wood and technology that influence the quality of reconstituted wood-based products Identify the wood-based panels that best meet the technical requirements of the various potential uses

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in wood science

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Short introduction of wood technologies and processes. Preparation of plants visits Visit of various plants: softwood sawmill, hardwood sawmill, carpentry, laminated wood plant A personal written report will be requested

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Lectures : 2 x 3h Visits of plants : 2 x 7h

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes

Written personal report (50%) and oral examination (50%) Exemption from the oral examination if the personal report meets the minimum requirements. Joint evaluation with "Wood-based products" (single examination)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Visit of wood industries is mandatory


DE MIL Tom tom.demil@uliege.be Bât. GE Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Passage des Déportés 2 5030 Gembloux Belgique


Avenue Maréchal Juin, 23 5030 Gembloux Belgique
+32 81 626441 benoit.jourez@spw.wallonie.be

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